A bill is advancing on first round that would prevent those found guilty of a crime from trying to have the decision overturned many years after being convicted. Omaha Senator Scott Lautenbaugh says his bill gives defendants one year from the date of conviction to file their grievances.
“The vast majority of these claims allege ineffective assistance of defense council, which means the state has to defend the actions of the convicted criminals original defense council. To be successful the defense attorney’s performance had to be so below par that it was considered constitutionally ineffective.”
Senator Burke Harr of Omaha says some defendants incarcerated jail for 30 years are still trying to claim they had a bad lawyer in an effort to get out of prison.